Oils

  1. OMEGA-3 FISH OILS – Psoriasis may be partly due to a difficulty in the way the body handles oils, or to a lack of oils in the diet itself.  Studies have shown that consuming a fatty acid found in fish called EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) may provide symptom relief. EPA is an “omega-3 fatty acid.” All that means is that the first carbon-to-carbon double bond is located three carbons in from the far (omega) end of each molecule. Most vegetable oils that you eat are omega-6 fatty acids (such as linoleic acid). Now just why would it matter if a chemical bond is by Carbon Number Three or Carbon Number Six?  As they said in Kung Fu, “There are many mysteries, grasshopper” and this seems to be one of them.Can you stand any more of this? Let’s see. The two most common fish oil omega-3 fatty acids are EPA (mentioned earlier) and DHA (docosahexenoic acid) People who don’t eat fish need to know that there is a third, vegetarian omega-3. It is called LINOLENIC ACID (NOT omega-6 linoleic acid mentioned above)  This omega-3 “fish oil” is found in linseed oil and more importantly in soybean oil and GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES.Linolenic (omega-3) acid is slowly converted into both DHA and EPA in the body. Ah ha! Could this be the problem that psoriasis patients have, namely, that they are slow to make this conversion? If so, the psoriasis patient probably needs fish in the diet to provide EPA ready made.  It is a sensible thing to do anyway. The Japanese have the world’s longest life expectancy among all the “Westernized” cultures, and they eat a LOT of fish.  The Japanese also eat very little red meat.A way the omega-3 fatty acids might work is by actually getting into each cell membrane, making them more bendable, adaptable and durable.  Improved immune response is another benefit of fish oil consumption, and it is especially important in the treatment of lupus.So, as my kids would ask, “How much of this stuff do we have to eat?”  Well, oily fish (trout, mackerel, salmon) are best and a little dab will do you.  Non-oily fish (cod, flounder, haddock) are also worth having, but you’d need to eat a bit more of them. Tuna packed in (omega-6 vegetable) oil does not count.Alternatively, you could eat a lot of green leafy vegetables, use soy oil more often, and take an EPA supplement. Around 300 to 1,000 milligrams of EPA daily is frequently recommended.Incidentally, the New England Journal of Medicine (312:1205, 1985) reported that as little as 30 grams of even low-fat fish per day reduced the 20-year death rate from coronary heart disease by fifty percent! That is only about ONE OUNCE of fish daily, actually providing less than 300 mg of omega-3 fatty acids each day. This is very strong support indeed. Helping your skin could actually save your life.  Source:  by Andrew Saul
  2. ALPHA-LINOLENIC ACID (OMEGA-3 found in GREEN VEGETABLES). – Pereira CLi DSinclair AJ.

    Green vegetable consumption has long been considered to have health benefits mainly due to the vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients (such as vitamin C, folate, antioxidants etc) contained in a vegetable-rich diet. Additionally, green vegetables are known to contain a relatively high proportion of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), primarily in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (18:3n-3). However, there are no data available on the fatty acid composition and concentration of green vegetables commonly consumed in Australia. The present study determined the fatty acid content of 11 green vegetables that are commonly available in Australia. The total fatty acid concentrations of the vegetables under study ranged from 44 mg/100 g wet weight in Chinese cabbage to 372 mg/100 g in watercress. There were three PUFAs in all vegetables analyzed; these were 16:3n-3, 18:2n-6, and 18:3n-3 fatty acids. Sample vegetables contained significant quantities of 16:3n-3 and 18:3n-3, ranging from 23 to 225 mg/100 g. Watercress and mint contained the highest amounts of 16:3n-3 and 18:3n-3, and parsley had the highest amount of 18:2n-6 in both percentage composition and concentration. Mint had the highest concentration of 18:3n-3 with a value of 195 mg/100 g, while watercress contained the highest concentration of 16:3n-3 at 45 mg/100 g. All 11 green vegetables contained a high proportion of PUFAs, ranging from 59 to 72% of total fatty acids. The omega-3 PUFA composition ranged from 40 to 62% of total fatty acids. Monounsaturated fatty acid composition was less than 6% of total fatty acids. The proportion of saturated fatty acids ranged from 21% in watercress and mint to 32% of total fatty acids in Brussels sprouts. No eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids were detected in any of the samples. Consumption of green vegetables could contribute to 18:3n-3 PUFA intake, especially for vegetarian populations.  (Source: Department of Food Science, RMIT University, Melbourne 3001, Australia.)

  3. FLAXSEED OIL – Omega 3 fatty acids, as found in flaxseed, nuts and especially fish has been proven to reduce the symptoms of psoriasis. It is recommended that you take in about 5 g of omega 3 fatty acids each day, so taking supplements as well as adding source foods to your diet is a great way to get all you need. Flaxseed is available as in oil, powder and whole seed form and can be added to salads, pastas, smoothies or cereals. Fish may be the best source of omega 3, particularly albacore tuna, salmon, herring, sardines and mackerel.
  4. LAVENDER ESSENTIAL OILS – (Use in Baths)
  5. TEA TREE OIL – products have no known side effects and they are giving good results in the treatment of psoriasis.  Several times per day – Apply to affected areas (alternating between a Tea Tree Cream and Lotion) for bigger areas). A Tea Tree product with Aloe Vera and Borage Oil (this combination is very effective in the treatment of psoriasis).  A Tea Tree Lotion – for particularly dry psoriasis areas.  Client Case Study:  Two clients using Aromantic Tea Tree Lotion have had extensive psoriasis on the soles of their feet, scalp and in patches elsewhere on the body. Both clients applied the lotion 3-4 times a day. In the 9 weeks since treatment started the results have been good. Both clients say the itchiness is gone, their skin is soft and without the usual cracks and that some of the well-known redness around the patches has disappeared.
  6. ANDIROBA OIL – (topical) prevents scaling, anti-inflammatory and restores the skin.
  7. PSORIASIS RECIPES USING OILS.  Each Psoriasis Recipe makes 100ml.
    Psoriasis Oils
    Apricot Kernel Oil 25ml 30ml
    Evening Primrose Oil 20ml 28ml
    Chickweed Oil 18ml 10ml
    Jojoba Oil 10ml 10ml
    Shea Butter (melt and add to the blend) 10ml 10ml
    Rosehip Oil 10ml 4ml
    Vitamin E Oil 4ml/g 5ml/g
    Vitamin A Palmitate 1ml/g 1ml/g
    Amaranth Seed Oil CO2 Extract 2ml/g 2ml/g

    Method for both Blends:

    1. Simply measure the Vegetable and Vitamin Oils in a beaker and stir in together.
    2. Add up to 15 drops of Essential Oils.*
    3. Store in Amber Glass Bottles.

    *A good choice of Essential Oils for adding to Psoriasis Oil Blends:
    Lavender, Tea Tree, Sandalwood, Roman Chamomile, Geranium, and Lemon.

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